Das defäkationsverhalten von pferden im offenlaufstall

Translated title of the contribution: Defecation of horses in free movement stables

Hans Hinrich Sambraus, Heinrich Pirkelmann, Margit H. Zeitler-Feicht

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The defecation behaviour of horses (both geldings and mares) ranging in age from 3-26 years was videotaped. The horses were housed in six free movement stables containing from 5-15 individuals. Up to five video cameras were installed in each stable, allowing all areas of the stable to be observed. Observations were made over six (in one case 33) discontinuous days. On average the horses defecated 12.7 times per day. The faeces were distributed unevenly throughout the stable preferentially behind but also in the feeding station. To attempt to concentrate defecation in one place, special areas of 12 m 2 were constructed. These areas were placed various distances from the feeding stations. The most effective combination was an area close to the feeding station and filled with either sawdust or sand. The animals showed a clear preference for using these areas over all other preference for using these areas over all other parts of the stable. However, these special defecation areas do not reduce the workload associated with cleaning the stable, but actually increase it markedly. Therefore their use is not to be recommended.

Translated title of the contributionDefecation of horses in free movement stables
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)525-530
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2003


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